Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 42 - Morning adventures to the Cloisters

Today was going to be a big museum day filled with lots of cultural activities.  
Fort Tryon Park
I mean you can’t see New York without experiencing some of the amazing museums. Personally I think there is a treasure out of the city in the form of the Cloisters which is situated above Harlem at Fort Tryon. It is about a 30-40 min subway ride away.  
Fort Tryon Park
Now a piece of advise here…  where it says to turn right and take the elevator up there is a reason for it… 
Fort Tryon Park
This is the only way up … if you go outside you will get lost and require you to get some cute Irish men to help you to get back. 
The Cloisters 
It takes about 10-20mins to walk depending on how many photos you want to take because Fort Tryon Park is simply beautiful!  
Fort Tryon Park - looking towards Hudson River 
I love love love loved it… the blue stone and the amazing bridges.  The lavender  garden was so pretty with an amazing setting along the river. 
Fort Tryon Park - stunning fall colours 
The stunning setting of the Hudson River with the autumn colours by the stone bridge was perfect.  The amazing French monastery houses some of the most amazing religious art works and sculptures.  
The Cloisters 
It was old and stunning… words are not enough to describe this place.  Can I also it was bitterly cold that day! 
The Cloisters Garden 
Like I am talking 5 degrees and it was blowing a gale and I didn’t care… I loved it.
The Cloisters - Fragile Stone do not touch 
While I am not a big art person and it is not something I really seek out to do when I am visiting somewhere. But this place is a MUST….  The history and the sheer humble beauty of the cloisters are worth enduring some art thrown in.
The Cloisters 
You can’t take drink or bags into the building so be warned about that.  If you have a New city pass you can do the cloisters and the MET on the same day for FREE. It is also worth exploring the beautiful gardens outside. 
The Cloisters - one of the old prayer halls 
With old stone that can’t be touched, deeply moving sculptures of parts of our history.
Jesus Genealogy 
Jesus’s genealogy which was amazing with the fantastic detail that went into the works.  
The Cloisters - one of the many chapels 
But I was chatting with a lady who was visiting her sister in NYC from Colorado and she couldn’t believe that a Aussie was there and couldn’t believe the detail that was in there. 
The Cloisters - The Garden 
But I wandered through the beautiful sculptures and artwork which was amazing.  I am not a big museum buff but I did love this … I think it was more the feeling of the beautiful building. 
Fort Tyron park 
I headed back to the city and it is interesting to see how comfortable I am feeling here … finding it easy to get around and feeling comfortable around people who would normally scare me.  
At the bus stop - amazing view 
No one cares they are caught up in their own worlds.  I caught the subway back to 59th Street after making plans with my Laundromat friend.  I would never do that home but we were going to try for some Korean BBQ.  
The Cloisters Garden

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